Coming mere months after their winning haul at the Australian International Beer Awards, the Blenheim, New Zealand-based brewery picked up seven medals – one gold, two silver and four bronze – to take the top haul, beating one hundred other breweries from around the world.
Showing the growing global knowledge of Kiwi brewing, Moa’s general manager, Gareth Hughes, was invited to judge on 18 styles of beer. “It’s always a tough competition with incredibly talented brewers,” he says. “It feels great to have come away with another big win but personally I’m really honoured to be counted amongst some genuine good bastards.”
The Moa beer medal haul includes:
World, Strong Ale/Lager Gold medal – Moa Imperial Pilsner (Special Reserve)
World, Belgian Blonde Ale Silver medal – Moa St Josephs
World, Flavoured Beer Silver medal – Moa Breakfast
World, Krystal Weiss Bronze medal – Moa Blanc
World, Pale Ale Bronze medal – Moa Pale Ale
World, India Pale Ale Bronze medal – Moa Five Hop
World, (non-apple) Cider Bronze medal – Weka Pear Cider
the team were especially proud of the bronze medals for their Blanc and Pale Ale as they were up against some craft juggernauts in the category, namely US breweries Rouges and Lagunitas.
“We’re also rapt to have some New Zealand company on the podium,” Hughes says, referring to the Yeastie Boys picking up the Champion Brew trophy for Pot Kettle Black, Tuatara nabbing a couple of bronze medals and Green Man securing a gold.